Is slowness becoming a chronic symptom?

Don’t let this happen to your organization! Here is another success story of an organization AimBetter recently rescued from ‘trouble’.

One of AimBetter’s loyal users referred a third-party associate or theirs to us, who was interested in learning about the great services that AimBetter has been providing him.  This new company had been dealing with complaints of general slowness from many users, with disc busy time registering consistently at 100 percent and was looking to see if something better than the traditional and inefficient remedies could be applied when using AimBetter.

Many causes of slowdowns are well documented. Don’t take our word for it – see what the industry itself says.  Below is a top-symptom list

  • slow network communication
  • inadequate memory in the server computer, or not enough memory available for SQL Server
  • lack of useful statistics, indexes, indexed view, data striping or partitioning
  • missing indexes
  • poor index design
  • poorly designed database schema
  • inadequate storage I/O subsystem
  • buffer pool too small
  • wrong technology used

with many more widely documented. Each one of these needs to investigated and eliminated in a long and expensive process. The time spent on any of the tasks is pure waste for any organization. And that’s just how business is conducted today in too many offices world-wide.

The good news, there are ways around these tedious and inefficient methodologies to solving issues.

AimBetter is the efficient way!

Boosting performance is not our slogan by accident.   Rather than run around in search of solutions, consider this:  AimBetter immediately identifies and alerts of problems while suggesting solutions in real-time. Our competitive advantage lies in our ability to detect abnormal behavior and to display all the relevant details on a single comprehensive dashboard.  

As a manager of an IT department or CIO, which approach is better for business? The old fashion method described way above, or the following real-time alert (in case your users are complaining of black screen and slow responses)?  

Solution

Taking the hard road to solving the problem.

Knowing where to start is vital, but issues like this can have numerous causes. Getting to the root cause of the issue can take time and advanced skills, involving DBAs and management in concentrated efforts. What a distraction from routine…momentum! Yikes!

The typical approach to this issue could involve some of the following actions, with no better way than to go step-by-step until something seems to work:

  • Check the network physically (routers, switches)
  • Check the server to see if concurrent processes (backups, virus scans) are hogging resources
  • Install more RAM, or re-allocate between SQL and OS
  • Restart SQL service
  • Restart Windows
  • Reprogram the application(s)

Without the proper tool, each one of these possibilities would have to be investigated, involving DBAs and management in concentrated efforts. How many of management’s hours are lost when involved in such housekeeping efforts?  Add to it the cost of productive time wasted by line personnel who cannot effectively perform the jobs you are paying them for.

The good news is that the right managerial decision gives you the ability to prevent such situations from ever occurring. The decision to apply smart technologies in various aspects of the business can greatly impact the performance of organizations. AimBetter, a performance booster for most CIOs and IT managers, has proven itself incalculable in this recent scenario, as we explain below.

Ultimately, an SQL Server live-optimizer

As soon as complaints came it, starting with the comprehensive AimBetter dashboard showing a red alert, in this case just one click presented a clear picture of the cause:

At a glance even to an untrained eye, your attention is drawn to the points needing immediate attention. Here we can identify exactly that one user’s query runs in the background multiple times with a recommendation for indexing. As good as SQL Server is, it has some weaknesses when it comes to optimization, having to rely on a “broad-brush” approach so that it can fit into the widest possible range of scenario.  But this approach naturally does not suit everyone, whereas when AimBetter picks up the problem, it will be presenting you with the pinpoint options for a solution.

In this case, it was suggested to add the required index. As soon as it was done, the disc busy time dropped from 100 percent to 4 percent!

And of course, this was not an isolated incident – without building this index, the same scenario would have been playing out again and again.

Identifying and resolving this issue was just one function which our system easily detected. AimBetter provides management with critical insight into various features to identify even the most complex of all issues. The system monitors and tracks the entire environment for:

  • Data loss
  • Performance issues
  • Stalled queries
  • Server overloads
  • Network blockages
  • Software malfunctions
  • Bugs in software packages
  • Provides instant comparison of history (30 days)

And there are many more features of course. For more technical detail, just visit the website.

 

AimBetter is also powered by highly sophisticated DBA’s who are all experts in the fields. Premium customers with extended needs (beyond the AimBetter monitoring utility) enjoy monthly maintenance on their networks for maximum optimization. Experts monitor client’s servers 24/7 and treat all issues live as issues are realized, allowing organizations to operate smoothly, uninterrupted, and focused on their own company objectives, not resolving issues. This added value is equivalent to installing auto-pilot to a car…where the driver no longer needs to pay attention to the road as the car self-drives to the destination. And worth mentioning, AimBetter technical support team is currently monitoring over 700 environments daily and fix the most complex issues known to organizations on a daily basis.

Many well-known organizations such as: FiverrNaotDiplomat, and Priority (just to name a few) are already trusting AimBetter to get the job done, enjoying the next-generation utility for managing their IT environment.

No hardware, no commitments, no risk.

Lessons for Management

If your printer ran into such error, which mode-of-operation handles damage-control better? The old-fashioned approach or the efficient, accurate, and advanced option offered by AimBetter

Need our expertise?

If your organization is experiencing slowness, inefficient systems, or simply troubleshooting too often and would like to demo AimBetter’s powerful utility, please reach out to us anytime at 1.650.449.8622 or email rotem@aimbetter.com to get started.

Business opportunities?

We welcome win-win business opportunities as we seek to expand globally. Contact Rotem Bar via email rotem@aimbetter.com for all questions and/or inquiries.

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